In late 2017, I sat with 50 other parents listening intently to an Internet Safety Specialist tell us everything that is wrong and dangerous about kids online.
Ever feel like you’re on the losing end of a constant game of tug-of-war with your child over the amount of time he or she wants to spend playing video games, surfing social media, or watching YouTube? It doesn’t have to be that way.
For many years the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended no screen time for under 2’s. The advice was clear and easy to follow, in theory if not always in practice, parents should avoid giving their toddler a computer. However, technology changed but the guidance took time to update, in the meantime parenting became more complicated. What do you do when grandparents want to FaceTime? or when the toys that a baby has don’t have screen but do connect to the Internet? How does one parent in this new digital environment and what can be done to help?
As a society, we constantly hear about the ways in which we should reduce our screen time or technology use.
Among one of the more recent social media trends are memes: pictures or brief videos accompanied by text intended to be humorous.
Twenty years ago, my mother didn't think twice about letting me spend hours on end in from of the television or playing Oregon Trail on the computer.
There are many different routes parents can take when instituting limits on children’s technology use. Many of these choices revolve around the idea of time; parents often consider imposing restrictions on their kids’ total screen time. However, when parents set limits on device use, it is helpful to pay attention not only to how much time their children spend on their devices, but what they are using their screen time towards--otherwise known as the notion of screen use.
My millennial children came of age in the early 2000s, before most phones had cameras; when social media meant Myspace—and screens still referred to movie theaters. When providing cell phones to our young teens, we made sure they could call and text and then tried to monitor their activity.